Storm Coordination Message #1 – Thursday Evening 4/11/24-Friday Afternoon 4/12/24 Storm Hazards

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..Storm system will bring a period of heavy rain with 1-2″ possible and renewed river flooding along a couple susceptible rivers and nuisance urban and poor drainage flooding. Strong to damaging wind gusts likely across East Coastal and Southeast New England along with minor coastal flooding particularly along the south coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island though East Coastal Massachusetts areas should also monitor these conditions late Thursday Night through Friday Afternoon..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect from 2 AM to 2 PM Friday for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket Counties of Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island except for Northwest Providence County RI for sustained winds 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH and isolated higher gusts possible. These winds will cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect from 6 PM Thursday Evening through 2 PM Friday Afternoon for South Coastal Rhode Island, Southern Bristol and Southern Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for minor coastal flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads at the times of high tide late tonight and again Friday late Morning through early Friday Afternoon. A coastal flood statement has been issued for splashover at the times of high tides for East Coastal Massachusetts..
..A River Flood Watch is in effect for the Wood River and Pawtuxet Rivers in Rhode Island Friday Afternoon through Early Sunday Morning for flooding of the rivers if sufficient rainfall falls in these river basins..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor wind damage, coastal flooding and river, stream, urban poor drainage flooding from heavy rainfall as well as rain gauge reports late Thursday Night through Friday Afternoon. This will likely be the only coordination message on this storm situation unless a significant change to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Pictures and videos of wind damage, coastal flooding, or river, stream, urban/poor drainage flooding can be sent as a reply to this email, via our WX1BOX Facebook/Twitter links and via the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated. Below are the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Wind Advisory statement, Coastal Flood Advisory Statement, Flood Watch Statement and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=NPW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Coastal Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=CFW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Flood Watch Statement for various rivers:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=FFA&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Special Announcement: Solar Eclipse in New England Information – Monday Afternoon April 8th 2024

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A solar eclipse will take place across much of North America and the United States on Monday Afternoon April 8th, 2024. This eclipse will have a path of totality, meaning a total solar eclipse of 99-100% that will affect of Northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire and Western and Northern Maine. In the path of totality, daytime will turn to dusk, a significant temperature drop of around 10 degrees will be observed along with other changes during the timeframe of darkness. It is noted that much of Southern New England will be in the path of roughly 89-95% totality. Despite such a small difference, Southern New England won’t see quite a dramatic change in terms of conditions versus the path of totality though temperatures will be a bit cooler and there will be some difference in daylight than a normal day without an eclipse in the 89-95% range along with the image of the moon blocking a significant portion of the sun. For those viewing the eclipse, eclipse glasses should be worn to avoid eye damage. Safety rules for viewing the eclipse can be seen at the following link:

https://www.weather.gov/media/aly/Climate/Eclipse/eng-2024-eclipse-safety-sheet.pdf

Weather is forecast to be clear with little cloud cover across all of New England which is expected to allow for ideal eclipse viewing conditions region wide. Therefore, it is expected that there will be a high amount of visitors particularly to Northern New England in the path of totality. For those travelling to Northern New England, the recent nor’easter caused widespread tree and power line damage and there are feet of snow on the ground in the area of the path of totality. While there will be some snow melt, travellers to Northern New England that are viewing the totality of the eclipse should be prepared for snow on the ground and dress accordingly for the conditions. Some roads which may be dirt roads will be muddy and could cause cars to get stuck etc. The NWS Gray Maine Office has asked for outreach regarding the conditions and that travellers take appropriate precautions. Links to that information are listed below:

https://www.weather.gov/gyx/eclipse
https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=801672845323161&set=a.225869419570176

Amateur Radio Operators will be prepared to react to any issues with infrastructure and communications overload particularly in the path of totality in Northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire and western and Northern Maine. It is noted that this area is rural with a smaller amount of communications infrastructure than other parts of New England. In Southern New England, Amateur Radio Operators will monitor and be prepared for any communications needs or support for areas in Northern New England in the path of totality or locally as needed. Protocols are in place to self-activate nets on designated repeater and HF frequencies per each state/ARRL section’s communications plans.

The eclipse will also bring about changes to radio propagation and there are events designed to monitor and track these changes to radio propagation in addition to any needs for communications support. Links below from the ARRL, the National Association of Amateur Radio, summarize these events and are web stories that have been posted over the last month:

http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-stands-ready-to-support-eclipse-operations
http://www.arrl.org/news/ham-radio-s-many-roles-during-solar-eclipse
http://www.arrl.org/news/solar-eclipse-one-month-away

There are eclipse viewing locations and other safety information provided by the New England states and other resources. A summary of a few of the key resources can be seen below:
https://eclipse2024.org/
https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/maine-2024-eclipse
https://www.visitnh.gov/industry-members/work-together/total-solar-eclipse
https://www.vermont.gov/eclipse#gsc.tab=0
https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/eclipse2024
https://www.doe.mass.edu/stem/ste/eclipse.html
https://www.providencejournal.com/story/entertainment/2024/03/29/where-to-watch-the-solar-eclipse-in-rhode-islandon-april-8/73144041007/
https://www.bridgew.edu/center/case/observatory

This is a rare event for our region and an event that won’t occur again for many years. We hope those that are interested in viewing or participating in this event in various ways find this information useful for this rare experience. If there are any key updates or resource info updates, we will post a final update on Sunday Evening 4/7/24.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #4 – Wednesday 4/3/24-Thursday 4/4/24 – Multi-faceted Coastal Storm Hazards

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..Multi-faceted coastal storm will affect the region Wednesday into Thursday with the greatest impact timeframe Wednesday Night into Thursday. The coastal storm will bring higher elevation heavy wet snow and sleet to portions of western and northern Massachusetts along with potential for tree and power line damage with power outages, renewed heavy rainfall of 1-3″ with isolated higher amounts and river, stream, urban and poor drainage flood potential, strong to damaging winds and coastal flood potential in east and south coastal New England..
..A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 2 AM Friday Morning for Western Hampshire and Western Franklin Counties of Massachusetts for 6-12″ of snow and wind gusts of 55 MPH with the highest amounts in the higher elevations. A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 8 PM Wednesday Evening through 8 AM Friday Morning for Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 4-8″ of snow with highest amounts in the higher elevations near the NH border and wind gusts to 55 MPH. The combination of strong wind gusts, wet snow and icing could lead to scattered pockets of tree and power line damage and power outages..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect through 5 AM Friday Morning for Eastern Franklin, Central Middlesex, Western Essex and Southern Worcester Counties of Massachusetts for 1-3″ of snow/sleet with isolated higher amounts and wind gusts to 50 MPH. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 2 AM Friday Morning for Western Hampden County Massachusetts for 2-4″ of snow and winds gusting to 50 MPH. The wet snow and wind gusts may lead to isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages.
..A High Wind Warning is in effect from 4 PM Wednesday Afternoon through 5 AM Thursday Morning for Southern Bristol, Southern Plymouth, Dukes, Nantucket counties of Massachusetts, Newport and Washington Counties of Rhode Island including Block Island for sustained winds of 30-40 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. A High Wind Warning is also in effect from 8 PM Wednesday Evening through 2 PM Thursday Afternoon for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth and Barnstable Counties of Massachusetts for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. These winds will cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect from 4 PM Wednesday Afternoon through 2 PM Thursday Afternoon for Northern Connecticut, North-Central Rhode Island and Southwest, South-Central and Southeast Massachusetts for sustained winds of 25-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Other areas not under the Wind Advisory are covered by Winter Weather headlines. These winds will cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..A Coastal Flood Warning is now in effect from 6 AM to 10 AM Thursday Morning for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties of Massachusetts for widespread minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding of shore roads at the time of high tide Thursday Morning..
..A Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect from 3 AM to 7 AM Thursday Morning for Southern Plymouth, Southern Bristol Counties of Massachusetts, Southeast Providence, Eastern Kent, Bristol, Washington and Newport Counties of Rhode Island for minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding of shore roads at the time of high tide late Wednesday Night into early Thursday Morning..
..Flood Watches are now in effect for specific rivers in portions of Southern New England..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation with Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely for this multi-faceted coastal storm. Pictures and videos of storm damage and flooding can be sent as a reply to this message, via out WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter social media feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated..

A coastal storm will bring a multi-faceted set of hazards to the region. The headlines depict the current thinking. Key factors include:

1.) Rain-snow line and level of elevation for heaviest snow in the Winter Storm Warning area along with any extent of wet snow damage that could be enhanced by strong to damaging winds in these areas. Same is true in the Winter Weather Advisory area.
2.) Extent of flooding from heavy rainfall and how widespread the heaviest rainfall is across lower elevations of Southern New England
3.) How widespread strong to damaging winds are in the High Wind Warning and Wind Advisory areas.
4.) Extent of coastal flooding that will depend on the strong winds and how close those winds are to the high tide cycles for East and South Coastal Massachusetts where a Coastal Flood Warning is in effect for East Coastal Massachusetts and a Coastal Flood Advisory for South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island
5.) Extent of rainfall and river flooding as well as any flooding of urban and poor drainage areas if heavy rain falls over a short enough period of time

SKYWARN Self-Activation with Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely for this multi-faceted coastal storm. Pictures and videos of storm damage and flooding can be sent as a reply to this message, via out WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter social media feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated. This will be the last coordination message as we shift into operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement with Snowfall Maps, High Wind Warning/Wind Advisory Statement and Coastal Flood Warning/Advisory Statement and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Flood Watch Statement for various rivers:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=FFA&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton High Wind Warning/Wind Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=NPW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Coastal Flood Warning/Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=CFW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #3 – Wednesday 4/3/24-Thursday 4/4/24 – Multi-faceted Coastal Storm Hazards

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..Multi-faceted coastal storm will affect the region Wednesday into Thursday with the greatest impact timeframe Wednesday Night into Thursday. The coastal storm will bring higher elevation heavy wet snow and sleet to portions of western and northern Massachusetts along with potential for tree and power line damage with power outages, renewed heavy rainfall of 1-3″ with isolated higher amounts and river, stream, urban and poor drainage flood potential, strong to damaging winds and coastal flood potential in east and south coastal New England..
..A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 2 PM Wednesday Afternoon through 2 AM Friday Morning for Western Hampshire and Western Franklin Counties of Massachusetts for 6-12″ of snow and wind gusts of 55 MPH. A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 8 PM Wednesday Evening through 8 AM Friday Morning for Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 4-8″ of snow with highest amounts in the higher elevations near the NH border and wind gusts to 55 MPH. The combination of strong wind gusts, wet snow and icing could lead to scattered pockets of tree and power line damage and power outages..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 5 PM Wednesday Afternoon through 5 AM Friday Morning for 1-3″ of snow with isolated higher amounts and wind gusts to 50 MPH. A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 2 PM Wednesday Afternoon through 2 AM Friday Morning for Western Hampden County Massachusetts for 2-4″ of snow and winds gusting to 50 MPH. The wet snow and wind gusts may lead to isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages.
..A High Wind Warning is in effect from 4 PM Wednesday Afternoon through 5 AM Thursday Morning for Southern Bristol, Southern Plymouth, Dukes, Nantucket counties of Massachusetts, Newport and Washington Counties of Rhode Island including Block Island for sustained winds of 30-40 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. A High Wind Warning is also in effect from 8 PM Wednesday Evening through 2 PM Thursday Afternoon for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth and Barnstable Counties of Massachusetts for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. These winds will cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect from 4 PM Wednesday Afternoon through 2 PM Thursday Afternoon for Northern Connecticut, North-Central Rhode Island and Southwest, South-Central and Southeast Massachusetts for sustained winds of 25-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. Other areas not under the Wind Advisory are covered by Winter Weather headlines. These winds will cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for Thursday Morning for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties of Massachusetts for widespread minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding of shore roads at the time of high tide Thursday Morning..
..A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect from late Wednesday Night through Thursday Morning for Southern Plymouth, Southern Bristol Counties of Massachusetts, Southeast Providence, Eastern Kent, Bristol, Washington and Newport Counties of Rhode Island for minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding of shore roads at the time of high tide late Wednesday Night into early Thursday Morning..
..Flood Watches are now in effect for specific rivers in portions of Southern New England..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation with Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely for this multi-faceted coastal storm. Pictures and videos of storm damage and flooding can be sent as a reply to this message, via out WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter social media feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated..

A coastal storm will bring a multi-faceted set of hazards to the region. The headlines depict the current thinking. Key factors include:

1.) Rain-snow line and level of elevation for heaviest snow in the Winter Storm Warning area along with any extent of wet snow damage that could be enhanced by strong to damaging winds in these areas. Same is true in the Winter Weather Advisory area.
2.) Extent of flooding from heavy rainfall and how widespread the heaviest rainfall is across lower elevations of Southern New England
3.) How widespread strong to damaging winds are in the High Wind Warning and Wind Advisory areas.
4.) Extent of coastal flooding that will depend on the strong winds and how close those winds are to the high tide cycles
5.) Extent of rainfall and river flooding as well as any flooding of urban and poor drainage areas if heavy rain falls over a short enough period of time

SKYWARN Self-Activation with Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely for this multi-faceted coastal storm. Pictures and videos of storm damage and flooding can be sent as a reply to this message, via out WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter social media feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated. Another coordination message will be posted by 11 PM Wednesday Evening. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement with Snowfall Maps, High Wind Warning/Wind Advisory Statement and Coastal Flood Watch Statement and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Flood Watch Statement for various rivers:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=FFA&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton High Wind Warning/Wind Advisory Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=NPW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Coastal Flood Watch Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=CFW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Wednesday 4/3/24 Through Thursday 4/4/24 – Multi-faceted Coastal Storm Hazards

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..Multi-faceted coastal storm will affect the region Wednesday into Thursday with the greatest impact timeframe Wednesday Night into Thursday. The coastal storm will bring higher elevation heavy wet snow and sleet to portions of western and northern Massachusetts along with potential for tree and power line damage with power outages, renewed heavy rainfall of 1-3″ with isolated higher amounts and river, stream, urban and poor drainage flood potential, strong to damaging winds and coastal flood potential in east and south coastal New England..
..A Winter Storm Watch is remains in effect from Wednesday Morning through Thursday Evening for Western Hampshire and Western Franklin Counties of Massachusetts for 4-8″ of snow and wind gusts of 55 MPH. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 2-4″ of snow with higher elevations near the NH border having the potential for 4-8″ of snow and wind gusts to 55 MPH. The combination of strong wind gusts, wet snow and icing could lead to scattered pockets of tree and power line damage and power outages..
..A High Wind Watch is in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through late Wednesday Night for Southern Bristol, Southern Plymouth, Dukes, Nantucket counties of Massachusetts, Newport and Washington Counties of Rhode Island including Block Island for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. A High Wind Watch is also in effect from Wednesday Evening through Thursday Afternoon for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth and Barnstable Counties of Massachusetts for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. These winds will cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect from Thursday Morning for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties of Massachusetts for widespread minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding of shore roads at the time of high tide Thursday Morning..
..A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect from late Wednesday Night through Thursday Morning for Southern Plymouth, Southern Bristol Counties of Massachusetts, Southeast Providence, Eastern Kent, Bristol, Washington and Newport Counties of Rhode Island for minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding of shore roads at the time of high tide late Wednesday Night into early Thursday Morning..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation with Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely for this multi-faceted coastal storm. Pictures and videos of storm damage and flooding can be sent as a reply to this message, via out WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter social media feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated..

A coastal storm will bring a multi-faceted set of hazards to the region. The headlines depict the current thinking. Key factors include:

1.) Rain-snow line and level of elevation for heaviest snow in the Winter Storm Watch area along with any extent of wet snow damage that could be enhanced by strong to damaging winds in these areas.
2.) Extent of flooding from heavy rainfall and how widespread the heaviest rainfall is across lower elevations of Southern New England
3.) How widespread strong to damaging winds are in the High Wind Watch area.
4.) Extent of coastal flooding that will depend on the strong winds and how close those winds are to the high tide cycles

SKYWARN Self-Activation with Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely for this multi-faceted coastal storm. Pictures and videos of storm damage and flooding can be sent as a reply to this message, via out WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter social media feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated. Another coordination message will be posted by 11 AM Wednesday Morning. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Winter Storm Watch Statement with Snowfall Maps, High Wind Watch Statement and Coastal Flood Watch Statement and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Watch Statement & Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton High Wind Watch Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=NPW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Coastal Flood Watch Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=CFW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Wednesday 4/3/24-Thursday 4/4/24 Multi-faceted Coastal Storm Hazards

Hello to all…

..Multi-faceted coastal storm will affect the region Wednesday into Thursday with the greatest impact timeframe Wednesday Night into Thursday. The coastal storm will bring higher elevation heavy wet snow and some ice to portions of western and northern Massachusetts along with potential for tree and power line damage with power outages, renewed heavy rainfall with river, stream, urban and poor drainage flood potential, strong to damaging winds and coastal flood potential in east and south coastal New England..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Morning through Thursday Evening for Western Hampshire and Western Franklin Counties of Massachusetts for 7″ or more of snow, around 0.10″ of icing and wind gusts of 50-60 MPH. The combination of strong wind gusts, wet snow and icing could lead to scattered pockets of tree and power line damage and power outages..
..Additional watches, warnings and advisories are likely in future updates..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation with Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets are likely for this multi-faceted coastal storm. Pictures and videos of storm damage and flooding can be sent as a reply to this message, via out WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter social media feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated. Another more complete coordination message will be posted by 11 AM Tuesday Morning. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Winter Storm Watch Statement with Snowfall Maps and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Watch Statement & Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Thursday 3/28/24-Friday Morning 3/29/24 – Heavy Rainfall & Flood Potential

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..A frontal system is moving through the region with rain that started Wednesday Evening continuing into the first part of Friday. This rain along with wet antecedent conditions could bring renewed river, stream, urban and poor drainage flooding in portions of Northeast Connecticut, Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts..
..A Flood Watch is in effect through late tonight for Windham County Connecticut, Rhode Island except for Block Island, Worcester, Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties for 2-3″ of rainfall and the renewed risk for flooding of rivers, streams, urban and poor drainage areas. Areas outside of the Flood Watch area in Southern New England will receive a 0.50″-2″ of rain..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for rain gauge reports of 1″ or more and any reports, pictures and videos of flooding of rivers, streams, urban and poor drainage areas. This will be the only coordination message on this event unless a significant change to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Flood Watch Statement & Rainfall Map..

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Flood Watch Statement & Rainfall Map:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=FFA&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off
https://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Rainfall.png

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Special Announcement: 2024 National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Hybrid Workshop – Tuesday 3/26/24 – 130-500 PM EDT

Hello to all…

Below are all the details including livestream information for the 2024 National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop in Orlando FL:

Amateur Radio will again be represented at the 2024 National Hurricane Conference which will be held this year in Orlando Florida (https://www.hurricanemeeting.com). This year, the workshop will be done both live at the conference and over a livestream so this will be a “hybrid workshop”. The conference theme is to improve hurricane preparedness as it has been in past years. After the workshop is completed, the Amateur Radio Workshop will be uploaded to Youtube for those that can’t attend the sessions live. For 2024, all the Amateur Radio sessions will be on Tuesday March 26th, 2024 from 130-300 PM EDT and from 330-500 PM EDT. Here is the session breakdown:

NHC Session #1 – 130 PM-300 PM EDT: John Cangialosi, Senior Hurricane Specialist, from the National Hurricane Center will also present on the importance of Amateur Radio surface reporting. Bob Robichaud-VE1MBR from the Canadian Hurricane Centre will provide a video on a Canadian Hurricane Centre Overview and a few meteorological topics via a video recording. Julio Ripoll-WD4R will present WX4NHC Operations and Bobby Graves-KB5HAV will present an overview on the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN).

NHC Session #2: 330 PM-500 PM EDT: Rob Macedo-KD1CY will present on the VoIP Hurricane Net and best practices in SKYWARN Tropical Systems presentation, Joe Bassett-W1WCN will provide a SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Radio Network) overview video. Josh Johnston-KE5MHV will give an ARRL update and K1CE-Rick Palm will present on his personal Hurricane Idalia experience. This will be followed by a Q & A session and raffle prizes will be offered.

Amateur Radio presentations will be recorded and posted to Youtube after the workshop within the month of April. The Amateur Radio presentations will also be livestreamed via Youtube as a best effort. It is noted that Internet connectivity can be a challenge at hotel locations for livestreaming but we will do our best to livestream the workshop but please note technical difficulties could affect the livestream so please be patient if you watch the livestream and we will have recordings available post workshop. The YouTube livestream link is: https://www.youtube.com/live/-43X6wVrqwA?si=xK5F6F2I6m1Vu1dQ

2024 National Hurricane Conference Presenters and Moderator:
• Moderator: Rob Macedo, KD1CY, VoIP Hurricane Net
• John Cangialosi, Senior Hurricane Specialist, National Hurricane Center
• Special guest speaker Bob Robichaud, VE1MBR, Canadian Hurricane Center
• Special guest speaker Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, Director of Emergency Management, ARRL HQ
• Julio Ripoll, WD4R, WX4NHC Assistant Amateur Radio Station Coordinator
• Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager
• Joe Bassett, W1WCN, SATERN, Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Radio Network
• Rick Palm, K1CE, ARRL ARES E-Letter Editor/Public Service Columnist
• Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Director of Operations, VoIP Hurricane Net & ARRL ARES Eastern Mass SEC
• Jim Palmer, KB1KQW, VoIP Hurricane Net (Videographer)

Detailed Schedule Outline – All Times (Eastern Daylight Time):
130-135 PM: Opening Remarks
135-210 PM: Hurricane Surface Reports and 2023 Season Review (John Cangialosi)
210-220 PM: Canadian Hurricane Centre Overview and Meteorological Topics Video (VE1MBR-Bob R)
220-250 PM: WX4NHC Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center (WD4R)
250-310 PM: HWN Overview (KB5HAV)
310-330 PM: Break
330-400 PM: VoIP Hurricane Net Overview & Best Practices in SKYWARN for Tropical Systems (KD1CY)
400-410 PM: SATERN – Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network Overview Video (W1WCN)
410-430 PM: ARRL Update (KE5MHV)
430-450 PM: Florida Hurricane Response & His Personal Hurricane Idalia Story (K1CE)
450-500 PM: Moderated Q & A session and Panel Discussion (All)
500-510 PM: Door Prizes (All)

We hope folks can attend the conference live and in person for those in and around the Orlando FL area or attending the conference and that those outside of the area can participate in the livestream. For those can’t see it live, the workshop video will be posted online via Youtube within a week or two after the conference if not sooner. Thanks to all for their support of Amateur Radio and the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN program.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Saturday 3/23/24-Early Sunday AM 3/24/24 – Wintry Mix/Heavy Rainfall/Strong Wind Mulit-Hazard Storm

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..Storm system is bringing a wintry mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain to Western and Central Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut a bit further south and east than expected but is still expected to change to rain heavy at times in these areas with rain heavy at times across Connecticut, Rhode Island, South Central and Eastern Massachusetts which could lead to a renewed risk of flooding of small rivers, streams, urban and poor drainage areas early Saturday Morning through Sunday Morning..
..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 12 PM Saturday for Hartford County CT, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts and expanded to include Tolland, Windham Counties of Connecticut and Southern Worcester County Massachusetts for a trace to 0.25″ of ice with the highest icing in the east slopes of the Berkshires and Worcester Hills. Northeast Massachusetts could see light icing this morning with trace amounts changing to rain later this morning. The icing could cause slippery travel conditions and where amounts of icing reach 0.25″, isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages from icing..
..A Flood Watch remains in effect from Saturday Morning to Sunday Morning for Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hampden, Southern Worcester, Essex, Central and Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties of Massachusetts for excessive rainfall of 2-3″ with higher amounts possible having the potential to cause flooding of small rivers, streams, urban and poor drainage areas..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect from 5 PM to 11 PM Saturday Afternoon and Evening for Eastern Kent, Bristol, Washington, Newport Counties of Rhode Island including Block Island and Southeast Massachusetts including Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties of Massachusetts for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH. Areas outside of the Wind Advisory in East Coastal Massachusetts could see wind gusts to 40 MPH. These winds will cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation with ad-hoc as needed Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets will monitor for snowfall, ice accretion, rain gauge, flooding, measured wind gusts 40 MPH or greater and any flood or wind damage reports from this storm system. Pictures of the wintry mix, flooding, wind damage etc. can be sent as a reply to this message, via our WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated..

A storm system is bringing a wintry mix changing to rain in Western, Central Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut with heavy rain and potential flooding across Connecticut, Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts and the potential for strong to damaging winds in Southeast Massachusetts and Southeast/South-Central Rhode Island. The headlines depict the current thinking. Key factors include:

1.) Monitoring the wintry mix changeover to rain and timing for any increase or decrease in snow/ice accumulations. Currently, the wintry mix has been able to take a hold a bit further south and east across Northern Connecticut into central and even parts of Northeast Mass with slightly higher icing possible especially in the higher elevations of Western and Central Massachusetts but a changeover to rain is still expected by around 12 PM today.
2.) Axis of heavy rainfall and where isolated or an axis of highest amounts setup in the flood watch area. This is currently expected across Connecticut, Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts and will be closely monitored.
3.) How the heavy rainfall and the amount that falls in a given amount of time affects rivers, streams, urban and poor drainage areas.
4.) A period of strong to damaging winds with the heaviest rainfall later this Saturday afternoon and evening in South-Central Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts could cause isolated to scattered pockets of wind damage in this area.

SKYWARN Self-Activation with ad-hoc as needed Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets will monitor for snowfall, ice accretion, rain gauge, flooding and any damage reports from this storm system. Pictures of the wintry mix, flooding, damage reports etc. can be sent as a reply to this message, via our WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated. This will be the last coordination message as we shift into operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snow/Ice Maps, Flood Watch Statement & Rainfall Map, Wind Advisory Statement & WInd Gust Map and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snow/Ice Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Flood Watch Statement & Rainfall Map:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=FFA&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off
https://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/StormTotalRainfall-3-23-24.png

NWS Boston/Norton Wind Advisory Statement & Wind Gust Map:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=NPW&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off
https://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Max_Wind_Gusts-3-23-24.png

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Saturday Morning 3/23/24-Sunday Morning 3/24/24 Heavy Rainfall/Flooding/Wintry Mix Potential

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..Storm system will bring a light wintry mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain to Western and Central Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut before changing to rain with rain heavy at times across Connecticut, Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts which could lead to a renewed risk of flooding of small rivers, streams, urban and poor drainage areas early Saturday Morning through Sunday Morning..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 2 AM to 12 PM Saturday for Hartford County CT, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 1-2″ of snow, particularly in Western Massachusetts and ice accretion of a trace to one-tenth inch across the entire advisory area resulting in slippery travel conditions..
..A Flood Watch is now in effect from Saturday Morning to Sunday Morning for Connecticut, Rhode Island, Essex, Central and Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties of Massachusetts for excessive rainfall of 2-3″ with higher amounts having the potential to cause flooding of small rivers, streams, urban and poor drainage areas..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for snowfall, ice accretion, rain gauge, flooding and any damage reports from this storm system. Pictures of the wintry mix, flooding, damage reports etc. can be sent as a reply to this message, via our WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated..

A storm system will bring a wintry mix to rain in Western, North-Central Massachusetts and Northwest Connecticut with heavy rain and potential flooding across Connecticut, Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts. The headlines depict the current thinking. Key factors include:

1.) Monitoring the wintry mix changeover to rain and timing for any increase or decrease in snow/ice accumulations.
2.) Axis of heavy rainfall and where isolated or an axis of highest amounts setup in the flood watch area
3.) How the heavy rainfall and the amount that falls in a given amount of time affects rivers, streams, urban and poor drainage areas.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for snowfall, ice accretion, rain gauge, flooding and any damage reports from this storm system. Pictures of the wintry mix, flooding, damage reports etc. can be sent as a reply to this message, via our WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter feeds or to the email address pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter unless otherwise indicated. The next coordination message will be posted either late Friday Night or Saturday Morning as needed. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion, Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snowfall Maps, Flood Watch Statement and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Flood Watch Statement:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=BOX&product=FFA&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1&highlight=off

NWS Boston/Norton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/erh/ghwo?wfo=box

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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